Clayton State Women’s Basketball Prepares for the Biggest Week of the Season
Lakers to Host Lander on Wednesday, USC Aiken on Saturday
The defending national champion Clayton State Lakers women’s basketball team is now 19-1 overall and 8-0 in the Peach Belt Conference after defeating Flagler 80-44 and Armstrong Atlantic 93-48 over the weekend. And now comes the real test… Lander University and USC Aiken, back-to-back, at the Clayton State Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State will start the week by hosting arguably the second-best Division II team from 2010/2011, the Lander Bearcats. Laker fans will recall last year’s #1 vs. #2 game wherein Clayton State edged the then-top ranked Bearcats 83-81 in the Athletics & Fitness Center on a last second basket in the lane by Tanisha Woodward. The second Laker/Bearcat meeting of 2010/2011 came in the NCAA Southeast Regional finals, and produced a somewhat different scenario, a 76-60 Clayton State win. Lander, currently the first place team in the East Division of the Peach Belt, will certainly be ready on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Game time is 5:30 p.m., with the men’s game against Lander to follow.
As an added attraction to the Lander game, Clayton State senior Brittany Hall is only 10 points shy of becoming the eighth player in Laker women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Lakers will welcome USC Aiken to the Athletics & Fitness Center for another doubleheader, with the women’s opening game starting at 3:30 p.m.(note the earlier than typical start time.) Although the Pacers were recently beaten by UNC Pembroke, they have been ranked as high as 11th
nationally this season, and are the last team to defeat the Lakers, in the one-point overtime decision on their own floor in last year’s Peach Belt tournament. Indeed, that 73-72 result was the only game Clayton State lost during the national championship season. Prior to that meeting, Clayton State had defeated Aiken 66-60 at Aiken in a nationally-televised game in January 2011.
Going Xi Fa Cai
In case you’re not up on your Mandarin, that’s “Happy New Year.”
Today, Jan. 23, 2012, on the solar calendar is the Chinese New Year 4710, based on the lunar calendar. This is the Year of the Dragon.
Lunar New Year is celebrated by more than 2.8 billion people. In many countries of Asia and southeast Asia, it is a major national holiday that lasts for days. The holiday has its roots in China but many prefer to simply call it Lunar New Year. In Vietnam, the holiday is called “Tet.”
Clayton State University’s Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) will be celebrating the Lunar New Year with a cultural demonstration on Friday, Jan. 27, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the University’s outdoor Lawson Amphitheater, located between the James M. Baker University Center and Spivey Hall. The event is free and open to the public
The event will highlight Vietnamese customs around this major holiday. For more information about this event, contact Uyen Lamb, Clayton State International Student Services Office assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment Begins for New Peer Mentoring Program, Jan. 24
The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs will be launching a new initiative, “F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring” (Fostering and Initiating Relationships for a Successful Transition).
The F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring program will promote and support academic success, social adjustment and development and retention for its first year student participants. F.I.R.S.T. Step Peer Mentoring will welcome its first group of freshmen students in fall 2012.
Recruitment for Peer Mentors will take place during this semester. Please visit the Orientation & New Student Programs website for more information. Students who are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor should plan to attend at least one information sessions. The first information session is Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Laker Hall multipurpose room.
Color it Real, Jan. 25
University Health Services’ Katherine Shell is working with Color It Real, an HIV and substance abuse prevention program for African American young adults, ages 18-24.
Color It Real will be holding a party in the multipurpose room of Laker Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The party will feature free refreshments, drawings, surveys and gift cards (for taking the surveys).
Operation Study Spring Semester Kickoff Event, Jan. 25
If you were a student at Clayton State last fall, you should be familiar with the Operation Study program. If you are new to Clayton State, we hope you had the opportunity to visit our information table in the James M. Baker University Center over the past two weeks.
Please plan to attend our Spring Semester Kickoff Event, Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in room UC 272 of the University Center.
Topic: Discover Your Learning Style
- Discover how you learn best
- Learn from students who were successful after discovering their learning style
- Earn 20 StudyBucks
- Hear about other StudyBucks opportunities
On behalf of the Operation Study Team, we wish you a successful semester. Keep studying!
Students Showcase Your Singing Talent: Clayton State Idol Auditions, Jan. 26
The Office of Orientation & New Student Programs is hosting a first-time event, Clayton State Idol: Homecoming 2012 Edition on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. This event kicks off the Homecoming 2012 Week.
Calling all students who think they have what it takes to become the next Clayton State Idol, a singing competition with auditions on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballroom. Contestants should be in line no later than 5:30 p.m. on the day of auditions. The top seven contestants will advance to the semi-finals round and will showcase their talent on the night of the event. Monetary and gift prizes will be awarded to winner.
for more information and to download official rules and the registration form. Contact: Darius Thomas, new student programs assistant, at DariusThomas@clayton.edu
or (678) 466-5443.
Seminar on Trade with China/Chinese New Year Event, Feb. 2
As president of the World Trade Center Atlanta, Clayton State Director of International Programs John Parkerson is offering a Feb. 2 seminar on bi-lateral trade with China (from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) free of charge to any Clayton State students or faculty who want to gain insights into doing business in China.
Interested persons also are invited to remain for the evening “Chinese New Year Event” at $25 price, also noted at http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/25310/
Event: “Seminar on Bi-Lateral Trade with China”
Date: Feb. 2
Time: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: WTC Atlanta Prague and Beijing Rooms
Price: $25 for WTC Atlanta members/$35 for non-members
Sponsors: Ackerman & CO/WTC Savannah/ACP/GSU Confucius Institute
Event: “Chinese New Year Event”
Date: Feb. 2
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: WTC Atlanta Restaurant
Price: $25 –WTC Atlanta members (one drink, light appetizers, parking, door prizes)
$35 for non-members
Anyone who is interested should contact Parkerson at email@example.com
, and he will facilitate seminar registration.
Clayton State Alumni Association to Sponsor Trip to Highlight Factory, Feb. 4
Clayton State alumni and friends, it’s time for a trip to the “Highlight Factory.”
The “Highlight Factory” is the home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, and the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Wellness, is planning a trip to Philips Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4.
The event is open to alumni, students, faculty/staff, retirees and friends of the University.
The Hawks will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the contest, with the game tipping off at 7 p.m. After the game, Clayton State’s intramural club basketball team will hit the floor and face off against a club team from Georgia Gwinnett University.
Tickets for the game are $12 apiece, which is $3 off the regular price. Dues-paying alumni members receive an even better discount and can purchase a single ticket for $10. Tickets may be purchased online at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
For more information about the event or about purchasing tickets, please contact Gid Rowell, Clayton State director of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton State to Host Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Feb. 4
Clayton State University will be hosting more than 500 people for the Fourth Annual Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Helen Ruffin was a library media specialist who wanted to excite kids about reading. In response to her posting on the selection committee for DeKalb County Georgia’s Children Book Award Nominee program, she decided to engage students throughout the county in a regional reading bowl. For more information on the competition please visit http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/
To help with the Reading Bowl, Clayton State Dean of Libraries Dr. Gordon Baker has called for 60 volunteers from the Clayton State campus to serve as readers, score keepers, and other general volunteers. There will be training sessions for volunteers on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m. Additional online training is also available at: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/hrrb/files/156A4B171A794D62AA7ED93F5546B2B2.pdf
For more information on Clayton State’s hosting the Reading Bowl, contact Baker at (678) 466-4334 or email@example.com
Swim (Snorkel) with the Sharks, Feb. 4
The Department of Recreation & Wellness is pleased to announce its next outdoor adventure experience where you will tour the largest aquarium in the world! As a main event you will experience swimming with a variety of marine creatures including the largest fish on earth, the whale shark. Experienced divers will take us on a snorkeling tour. The only other place on earth to take part in an activity like this is the ocean and you aren’t even guaranteed to see a whale shark.
Where: Atlanta Aquarium, GA
When: Saturday, Feb. 4
Student Cost: $100
Limit: 7 – Spots are limited so sign up today!
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 27
For more information please contact: Nick Kilburg, assistant director of Recreation and Wellness, Outdoor Adventures, (678) 466-4972, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrollment Management Division to Host “Care & Majors” Fair, Feb. 9
The Clayton State University Enrollment Management Division will host a “Care & Majors” Fair on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Main Street on the second floor of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the fair is for students to rediscover campus programs and services that support their success. The fair will also help students reflect on their college goals, and motivate them to be proactive about college success and help see how much the campus cares about their achievements.
Clayton State students will get the opportunity to:
Fifth Annual Gospel Explosion, Feb. 12
- Learn about programs and services that support academic success
- Declare or change their academic major of study
- Schedule appointments with advisors, tutors or counselors
- Explore Study Abroad options
- Speak with Financial Aid representatives
- Visit The HUB, Library, University Health Services, The Writer’s Studio and a few surprise booths
- Enter a drawing for door prizes and enjoy free hot chocolate
Appointed Generation, Clayton State's Gospel Choir, presents... “WOW: Women of Worship,” Clayton State’s Fifth Annual Black History Month Gospel Explosion.
“WOW” will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Clayton State Student Activity Center Ballroom. Admission is free.
“WOW” will feature Kelli Ellis, CelinaSoulDivine, Shalindria & Co., and special guest -- All Nations Life and Praise Church Choir, regional winner of the 2011 How Sweet the Sound Choir Competition.
Clayton State Plans for Homecoming 2012
Clayton State University students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends … mark your calendar, Homecoming 2012 is right around the corner.
Clayton State will celebrate Homecoming Week from Monday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb.18. The Lakers will face in-state rival Columbus State in the Saturday Homecoming basketball contests with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Clayton State’s new strategic planning efforts, this year’s Homecoming theme will be, “Beyond Your Imagination … Clayton State Homecoming 2012.”
In addition to the basketball games, a number of activities are planned for Homecoming Day. Saturday will kick-off with a Homecoming 5K Road Race at 9 a.m., followed by the annual Alumni Breakfast. Later in the afternoon, leading into the games, there will be a tailgate and spirit rally.
Clayton State will crown its 2012 Homecoming Queen and King at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Last year, Kearia Smith, of Waynesboro, and Rico Lee, of Wrens, received the honors. After the games, the Student Government Association will be sponsoring a Homecoming Dance.
Homecoming King and Queen applications will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 18, and will be due on Friday, Feb. 3. Applications will be available from the Student Activities Center, the University Center Information Desk, or the Campus Life website, http://adminservices.clayton.edu/campuslife/
On Monday, Feb. 13, Homecoming will kick off with a first-time event, allowing students to show-off their talents in the Clayton State Idol competition. The event, sponsored by Orientation and New Student Programs, will begin at 7 p.m., and be held in Student Activities Center (SAC) Ballroom.
Students will have the opportunity to take their sweetheart to a Homecoming event on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, as the Campus Event Council will host Ice Skating on the SAC Green at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Alumni Association will host the Harlem Ambassadors basketball show/game. The event will be open to all the campus community and the public. Tip-off for the fun-filled entertainment will begin at 7 p.m., in the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State’s Student Media will once again host the Student Choice Awards on Thursday evening, Feb. 16, recognizing the campus community with awards. Earlier that day, the Alumni Association will have an alumni book signing in The Loch Shop, beginning at 11 a.m.
Friday will be an exciting day on campus with a noon Pep Rally in the University Center. Clayton State cheerleaders will lead the way and the Homecoming Court and basketball teams will be in attendance, along with some surprise appearances. The Fraternity and Sorority Council will host a Homecoming Party on Friday at 10 p.m. in the SAC.
Security Cameras Catch a Visitor to The Loch Shop
The mystery surrounding the Clayton State University campus took another turn last week, when security cameras in The Loch Shop caught a partial image on someone or something trying on a Clayton State sweatshirt after the Student Center-based store’s regular business hours.
Loch Shop Manager Todd Smith, who has examined the video footage, thinks what the cameras caught following the first day of classes (on the night of Monday, Jan. 9) may be related to the recent reports of an unusual visitor on campus. Here’s his story…
“At the end of a very long first day of classes, The Loch Shop was admittedly a wreck, especially the apparel department, which all day had been full of shoppers purchasing the latest in Laker gear. My staff and I were all so tired that we decided to leave the mess overnight and tidy up before opening the next morning.
“When we arrived, the store had been completely reset and was merchandised as fine as I’ve ever seen it. I figured maybe Darius Davis had decided to work through the night, but he, and no one else on the staff, could take credit for this transformation.
“There was also one missing sweatshirt, which might not have been noticed, except for the fact that, taped to the front of the door, I found an envelope with the hangtags from a sweatshirt and payment in cash. Inside, there was also a note which read, `I love the new Me Shop.’”
Naturally, this strange turn of events piqued Smith’s curiosity, so he went straight to the security camera footage. However, the clearest shot from the cameras didn’t show much.
“It was like he, or she, or it, just wasn’t ready to be seen,” Smith concludes.
Nonetheless, this marks the third consecutive week of a report of a mystery visitor on campus. Following the previous two reports of a new Loch in Swan Lake and in the showers of the Student Activities Center, it certainly can be speculated that, after cleaning up, Loch needed something to wear around campus, and naturally found his/her/its way to The Loch Shop.
Investigative work on the new Loch is on-going. A new email address, email@example.com
, has been set up to report any new sightings, so stay tuned for further information. Speculation has it that the new Loch may be waiting for Clayton State’s Homecoming (Feb. 18) to make an official appearance.
As for Smith’s opinion on the mystery, “while I have no way of truly knowing if this can be tied to the other sightings around campus, my gut feeling is that they have to be related,” says Smith. “I will leave the theories of what this may be to those better qualified, like Chris Kodani. All I know is the Loch Shop seems to have a new supporter.”
Harlem Ambassadors to Perform at Clayton State, Feb. 15
The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors are coming to Clayton State University.
The University will welcome Harlem’s “other” basketball entertainment show to the University’s Athletics & Fitness Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, sponsored by the Clayton State Alumni Association, will be part of the University’s Homecoming festivities, which run from Feb. 13 to Feb. 18.
“Our Alumni Association wanted to provide an event for all ages that would be fun for the entire Clayton State and surrounding community to attend,” says Clayton State Alumni Association President Ben Hopkins. “It will be a lot of fun, and proceeds from the event will benefit our Benita H. Moore Scholarship.”
A spin-off of the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ambassadors offer a similar basketball show for all ages. The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.
“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic says. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”
General admission tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under the age of six are admitted free. Group tickets will also be available at a special rate.
“Run Clayton State” 5K Run/Walk to be Held at University’s Homecoming, Feb. 18
The Clayton State University Alumni Association and the Atlanta Southside Runners will team up on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first time for a 5K Run/Walk, “Run Clayton State.”
The race, which will be held on the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood, will be part of Clayton State’s Homecoming festivities that same day.
Registration for the race will begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Clayton State campus, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for participants will be $15 before Feb. 10, $20 for participants after Feb. 10, and $25 on race day. Family rates will also be available for runners of three or more.
All runners will receive a T-shirt and age group winners will be recognized with awards. A special grand prize will be awarded to the top female and male winners. The event will also include breakfast after the race along with sponsor gifts.
Proceeds from the race will benefit two worthy fundraising efforts. A portion of the funds will support the Clayton State Alumni Association scholarship program, and a portion will be donated to the Zac Bradley Benefit Fund. Bradley, a member of the Clayton State men’s basketball team, was partial paralyzed last spring when a tree fell on his car during a storm and the proceeds will help cover incurred medical expenses.
Participants can register online at www.active.com
or at www.clayton.edu/alumnigift
. Downloadable registration forms can be accessed at www.revolutionrunning.net
National Archives at Atlanta African American Heritage Program, Feb. 18
The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow, will feature its African American Heritage Program on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events and Activities are free and open to the public.
The program starts at 9 a.m., with “Are You Gullah Geechee?” a symposium sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society’s Atlanta Chapter and featuring presentations by Dr. Mary B. Ziegler, Dr. D. L. Henderson, and the Gullah Geechee Shouters.
Advance registration is required for this program, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
From noon until 5 p.m., the Archives will hold “A Taste of Africa and America,” providing bite-sized samples of African-American cuisine, along with a viewing of Denise White Fields’ exhibit, “The Artifacts of Enslavement: The Shackles and Objects of Slavery.”
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Archives will host the Clayton County African American Arts and Heritage Festival with exhibits, historic photographs, storytelling and musical performances.
School of Nursing Schedules Two Pre-Nursing Information Sessions in February
University’s School of Nursing (SoN) will be holding its latest IN! (Into Nursing) Pre-Nursing Information Sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Monday session will be held in room B-11 of the Lecture Hall. The Thursday session will be in room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center.
The purpose of the Into Nursing
information sessions is to provide pre-nursing students with important information about resources that are available to help them plan for a career in nursing. Strategies will be discussed regarding how to successfully prepare yourself for the application process and how to be successful once you are admitted to a nursing program.
The informational sessions are conducted during the fall and spring semesters by Clayton State’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant team and the advisors in the School of Nursing. These informational sessions will be open to high school students, university students, parents and university faculty and staff.